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Friday, October 4, 2013

CUARTO WITH A 15TH CENTURY DISH OF GOOD ROCKET

OK so its a US quarter - so the tradition is carried on!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
OCast quarto, Eng 1. one fourth; one quarter. 2. Spanish medieval coin first made of silver mixed with copper but soon changed to copper only, weighing 1.35 grams. By the 14th and 15th centuries, at least, it was worth 4 mrs. 3. measurement of 1/4 oz. or the quantity of the ingredient that was bought with one cuarto, the coin or one fourth. Note that in Nola’s recipes instead of giving the quantity of the ingredient, he only gives the cost of that quantity, five fourths sounds odd but he is saying pay five coins of ingredient “X” and put that in the pot. See maravidís. [ES: “Dicc de Monedas.” n/d; ES: Carroll-Mann. Guisados 2-art. Jun 6, 01:104:ftn121; Nola. 1989:xlix-6; Nola/Iranzo.1982:171; and Nola/Pérez.1994:214]

GOOD ROCKET ADAPTED FROM NOLA xlix-5 ORUGA BUENA

Squeezing the Bag of Rocket between 2 Boards
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Ingredients

1 lb rocket
½ c honey
½  c vinegar
½  tsp (Nola says 1 cuarto) ground cinnamon
½  tsp (Nola says 1 cuarto) ground saffron
1 ½  tsp (Nola says 3 cuartos) ginger scraping

Preparation

Wash the rocket. Chop well and put it in a clean white cloth. Tie it with a string.

Put water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Add the rocket and scald it. Remove it and squeeze out all the water.


A Dish of Rocket

Photo by: Lord-Williams
Clarify honey, skimming constantly.

Remove the cloth and fluff with a fork while adding vinegar and clarified honey. Add spices. Mix well. If too thick add a little vinegar.

Serve cold or warm. It is a nice variation from salads and spinach.


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